The Virtues of Giving Water to Charity According to Prophetic Traditions

Water is one of the essential needs of all living organisms. In light of the prophetic traditions or the hadith, giving drinking water is considered a highly recommended act of charity. This is why Aksi Cepat Tanggap has been involved in WASH projects through the Waqf Wells to provide water and sanitation facilities for those in need.

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Giving water to charity through the Waqf Well program initiated by Global Wakaf-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – Water is one of the essential needs of living organisms. Sadly, not everyone has access to clean and potable water. For this reason, giving water to charity is considered very useful to help those who lack access to clean water.

Though it may look trivial, the Prophet tells us about the extraordinary virtues of giving water to those in need. It not only benefits the recipients but also becomes a way to get Allah’s forgiveness. A hadith narrated by Imam Muslim mentions how a prostitute got her repentance accepted after giving water to a dog.

The following hadith is quoted from Allah's Messenger () said, "A prostitute was forgiven by Allah, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allah forgave her because of that."

In another hadith narrated by Imam Nasa’i, one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad asks what act of charity should he give on behalf of his deceased mother. The Prophet answered, “Providing drinking water.”

Seeing the importance of providing clean water, Global Wakaf – ACT has built many Waqf Water Wells at home and abroad. Recently, the 51st Waqf Well in Gaza, Palestine, finished its construction. This well is able to provide water for 500 Palestinian families in Jabalia, North Gaza.

“Because the well is located next to the Al-Rawda Mosque, the water from the well is also carried using water pipes that are connected to the water taps in the mosque. Hence, the water will also be able to be used by the worshippers for ablution,” said Firdaus Guritno from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Global Humanity Network, Tuesday (4/19/2022).

Jabalia residents use clean water from the Waqf Well. (ACTNews)

The water well is also beneficial for the surrounding poor farming families because it can be used to irrigate the farmlands. “The local residents have long needed irrigation assistance because their irrigation system has long been damaged by last year’s Israeli aggression,” said Firdaus.

The Gaza Strip has long suffered from a severe water crisis. Mazen Al-Banna from the Water and Environmental Quality Authority mentioned that the Gaza Strip is facing a massive water crisis as a result of the depletion of the territory’s coastal aquifer.

In addition, the poor water infrastructure in Gaza has also led to the intrusion of wastewater into groundwater, causing the pollution of drinking water in Gaza. It is estimated that 98 percent of the water from the well is unfit for drinking.

"Insha Allah, the reward that benefactors get from giving water through the Waqf Well will continue to flow as the Palestinian people continue to use the water from this well," concluded Firdaus. []